Robert O’Block: Parade Shooting

Robert O'Block reports that 12 people were injured during a shooting at a Mother's Day parade today. The police are searching for three suspects. Police were at the parade and saw two to three suspects running away from the scene after the shooting in the 7th ward. Police Chief Serpas reported that the youngest victim is believed to be a 10-year-old girl. It isn't believed that she was seriously hurt and just suffered a graze wound.

There were about 300 that were in attendance at the jazz band parade when the shots were fired. The police aren't sure what triggered the attack. There were 11 people admitted to Interim LSU Public Hospital. It is believed that none of the injuries were life threatening.

The parade was a second-line parade. This type of parade is one in which people form a loose procession and dance down the street as they follow a brass band. Sometimes this type of brand is impromptu and sometimes they are planned. Today's event was organized by a social club called The Original Big 7.

Published by Robert O'Block, founder of American College of Forensics Examiners Institute.

 
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/12/as-many-as-12-shot-in-new-orleans-mother-day-parade/#ixzz2T7KgzkPk

Robert O’Block | ACFEI Founder Supports Dr. Internet Safety

Dr. Internet Safety is announcing his availability free to all offline & online media outlets (a.k.a., N.Y.S. licensed psychologist & iPredator author, Dr. Michael Nuccitelli). Given iPredator Inc.’s mission is to increase awareness of technological predation, Dr. Internet Safety is volunteering his time to educate the public. Although Dr. Internet Safety can educate all age ranges, he specializes in educating parents, educators, children and adolescents.

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Children of the 21st century are enamored by the novelty of the Information Revolution. Adults, parents & educators are equally intrigued, as well as, unprepared for this societal paradigm shift centralized around Information and Communications Technology (ICT). To slow the harm to children and all ICT users, Dr. Internet Safety is announcing his availability free to all offline & online media sources (a.k.a., N.Y.S. licensed psychologist & iPredator author, Dr. Michael Nuccitelli).

Given iPredator Inc.’s mission is to increase awareness of technological predation, Dr. Internet Safety is volunteering his time to educate the public. The moniker, Dr. Internet Safety, educates all age ranges, but specializes in educating parents, children and adolescents using “net lingo”, Information Age developmental psychology and family dynamics.

As ICT continues to become a growing thread in the fabric of all nations, the people using these billions of electronic and digital devices must learn to identify, at a minimum, the iPredator. The veil of anonymity afforded to all ICT users is taken for granted when used by those engaging in malevolent and nefarious activities. It is for this reason that diligent caution must be practiced. A brief definition of iPredator is as follows:

iPredatorA child, adult or group who, directly or indirectly, engages in exploitation, victimization, stalking, theft or disparagement of others using Information and Communications Technology (ICT.) iPredators are driven by deviant fantasies, desires for power and control, retribution, religious fanaticism, political reprisal, psychiatric illness, perceptual distortions, peer acceptance or personal and financial gain. iPredators can be any age, either gender and not bound by economic status, race or national heritage.

iPredator is a global term used to distinguish anyone who engages in criminal, deviant or abusive behaviors using ICT. Whether the offender is a cyberbully, cyberstalker, cyber harasser, cybercriminal, online sexual predator, internet troll or cyber terrorist, they fall within the scope of iPredator. The three criteria used to define an iPredator include:

I. A self-awareness of causing harm to others, directly or indirectly, using ICT. II. The intermittent to frequent usage of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to obtain, exchange and deliver harmful information. III. A general understanding of Cyberstealth used to engage in criminal or deviant activities or to profile, identify, locate, stalk and engage a target.

Unlike human predators prior to the Information Age, iPredators rely on the multitude of benefits offered by ICT. These assistances include exchange of information over long distances, rapidity of information exchanged and the seemingly infinite access to data available. Malevolent in intent, iPredators rely on their capacity to deceive others using ICT in an abstract electronic universe.

Child abuse, whether perpetrated by a child or adult, is detrimental to all aspects of their development following them into adulthood. Stated by Dr. Nuccitelli, “Dr. Internet Safety was developed to hinder the natural instincts of children to rebel against adults attempting to teach them a cautious approach to ICT. Instead of Dr. Nuccitelli educating the community on iPredator dynamics and tech. predator profiling, Dr. Internet Safety discusses how “uncool” & “immature” it is to tweet or post how fat, ugly or stupid a fellow student is in their Facebook profile.

Topics Dr. Internet Safety is adept at discussing include: cyberbullying, cyberstalking, cyber harassment, cybercrime, online sexual predation, internet culture, mobile device safety, ICT relationship dynamics, cyber psychology & regional/national criminal news involving all forms of ICT.

Dr. Nuccitelli has created a variety of creative templates to use by broadcast & internet radio and online & offline print media including “Ask Dr. Internet Safety”, “Dr. Internet Safety’s Top 10 List” and “On the Cyber Couch with Dr. Internet Safety” to name a few. In return for Dr. Internet Safety’s volunteer time and services, Dr. Nuccitelli requests that the host media outlet encourage their readers, listeners or viewers to contact them with stories, news and ideas that focus on Internet Safety.

About Robert O’Block & Dr. Michael Nuccitelli:

Robert O’Block is founder of the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI). ACFEI is the largest professional forensic education organization in the world and honored to have as its advisory board members many of the top forensic experts of the 21st century. As all humanity now thrives in the Information Age, Dr. O’Block & ACFEI continues to investigate development of forensic educational services that incorporate Information and Communications Technology.

Dr. Michael Nuccitelli is a NYS licensed psychologist and certified forensic consultant. He is also an ACFEI member and working with Dr. O’Block to introduce to his members the realm of iPredator. In addition to his iPredator construct, Dr. Nuccitelli is also the author of a new theoretical construct defining human criminal & deviant behavior he has termed, Dark Psychology. As part of Dr. O’Block’s mission to present his members and forensic & criminal themed information, Dr. Nuccitelli’s construct will be introduced here in a series of blog entries.

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Robert O’Block | Dark Psychology, A Brief Introduction

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Robert O’Block, founder of the American College of Forensic Examiners International examines a new theoretical criminology construct. Developed by a forensic psychologist & ACFEI member, Dr. Michael Nuccitelli, presented for the reader is a new theoretical construct of criminal and deviant behavior called Dark Psychology. Dark Psychology is the study of the human condition as it relates to the psychological nature of people to prey upon others. All of humanity has this potential to victimize other humans & living creatures. While many restrain or sublimate this tendency, some act upon these impulses.

Dark Psychology seeks to understand those thoughts, feelings and perceptions that lead to predatory behavior. Dark Psychology assumes that this production is purposive and has some rational, goal-oriented motivation 99% of the time with the remaining 1% of victimization of others without purposive intent or reasonably defined by evolutionary science or religious dogma.

The serial arsonist may not assault other people or find gratification from being a human predator as does the serial killer, but he actually experiences joy and elation from his fire setting. In addition to joy, he feels a sense of accomplishment from the devastation he has caused. His episodes of fire setting are extremely dangerous given he can cause harm to others, but the goal of inflicting pain or bodily harm is not his modus operandi.

For the serial arsonist, the big payoff is his sense of pride and distorted perception of accomplishing a brilliant feat of genius. His perverted sense of achievement will at times lead him to become sexually aroused and masturbation ensues. The arsonist's behavior is reprehensible, illegal and dangerous, but typically does not involve premeditated murder. They live within an abyss of infernal obsession.

Although the Necrophile is not causing pain to another person or victimizing others, his actions are extraordinarily bizarre and absent of any sense of logic. The Necrophilia's need for perceived control is so insidious that he actually develops a sexual attraction to a corpse. Imagine what the experience must be for him. He is sexually aroused by a lifeless body that is expressionless and absent of warmth. Most people yearn for connection during sexual intimacy, but the Necrophile does not require this. He becomes aroused by the experience of a total and complete disconnect. Clearly, his mind has entered a very dark realm.

The serial killer is one of the most despotic characters that manifests from the dark side. In films, court cases and news coverage, the serial killer is frequently a subject of intrigue. The essence of this deviant evil echoes a part of the human psyche that only the serial killer himself can realistically experience. Just as an alcoholic craves his next drink or an opiate addict yearns for his next fix, the serial killer becomes addicted to murder.

The serial killer speaks of the gratification and elevated sense of release once his murder has come to fruition. Unlike the Necrophile or serial arsonist, the serial killer's sole endeavor is to extinguish life. For many of these assailants, sexual arousal by torturing their victims is a common theme.

These four examples are illustrations of the extent to which humans will go for the experience of power, pleasure and/or goal attainment. All of the criminal profiles described, involve assailants feeling a sense of gratification from their abusive and/or heinous actions. The reality is that these examples are merely basic profiles of four segments of the population of men and women who participate in criminal, abusive or deviant acts. The extent to which humans will go for sexual gratification, perceived control or financial gain is quite extensive and elaborate.

Before the advent of scientific advancements and the capacity of society to explain deviant human behavior, monsters and demons were the cause of such chaos. Unable to understand how people could commit such atrocities, metaphysical beings were the only logical explanation. Instead of fearing their neighbors, early civilizations concocted legends and tales of demonic beings. Werewolves, Vampires and Ghouls prowled the night stalking their prey.

Although contemporary society deems itself as advanced in its ability to comprehend the potential for humans to commit violent, heinous acts, learning how to reduce and/or prevent bizarre and deadly actions perpetrated by humans remains elusive. Our species is the only group of living organisms that participate in actions antithetical to our survival. Dark Psychology is both the study of criminal & deviant behavior and a conceptual framework for deciphering the potential for evil within all human beings. Dr. Nuccitelli does not claim to have the proverbial "holy grail" of defining deviant human behavior, but rather a framework for inquiry and further investigation.

Ten years ago when Dr. Nuccitelli first became interested in the study of forensic and criminal psychology, he posited that aberrant deviant behaviors were part of a psychiatric illness not yet determined. With the passing of time and research, intrigue followed from the vast array of theories and explanations for why humans maintain a capacity to prey upon other humans.

The idea of Dark Psychology became Dr. Nuccitelli's theoretical exploration, and he began to formalize a set of concepts he believed plausible. The sum of his attempts ended in narrow concepts aimed at trying to explain the psychopath and sexual predator. Six years ago, he experienced his first paradigm shift pertinent to his present theory.

Dark Psychology is the study of the human condition as it relates to the psychological nature of people to prey upon others. All of humanity has this potential to victimize other humans & living creatures. Dark Psychology assumes this dark side is also unpredictable. Unpredictable in the understanding of who acts upon these dangerous impulses, and even more unpredictable of the lengths some will go with their sense of mercy completely negated. There are people who rape, murder, torture, and violate without cause or purpose. Dark Psychology speaks to these actions of acting as a predator seeking out human prey without clearly defined purposes. As humans, we are incredibly dangerous to ourselves and every other living creature. The reasons are many and Dark Psychology attempts to explore those dangerous elements.

Robert O’Block is founder of the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI). ACFEI is the largest professional forensic education organization in the world and honored to have as its advisory board members many of the top forensic experts of the 21st century. As all humanity now thrives in the Information Age, Dr. O’Block & ACFEI continues to investigate development of forensic educational services that incorporate Information and Communications Technology.

Dr. Michael Nuccitelli is a NYS licensed psychologist and certified forensic consultant. He is also an ACFEI member and working with Dr. O’Block to introduce to his members the realm of iPredator. In addition to his iPredator construct, Dr. Nuccitelli is also the author of a new theoretical construct defining human criminal & deviant behavior he has termed, Dark Psychology. As part of Dr. O’Block’s mission to present his members and forensic & criminal themed information, Dr. Nuccitelli’s construct will be introduced here in a series of blog entries.

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Robert O’Block | Dark Psychology, Criminality and Deviance

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Dark Psychology is the study of the human condition as it relates to the psychological nature of people to prey upon others. All of humanity has this potential to victimize other humans & living creatures. While many restrain or sublimate this tendency, some act upon these impulses. Dark Psychology seeks to understand those thoughts, feelings and perceptions that lead to predatory behavior.

Dark Psychology assumes that this production is purposive and has some rational, goal-oriented motivation 99% of the time. The remaining 1%, under Dark Psychology, is the brutal victimization of others without purposive intent or reasonably defined by evolutionary science or religious dogma. Presented for the reader are four criminal and deviant profiles along with the introduction of a new theoretical construct of criminal and deviant behavior called Dark Psychology.

The Arsonist is a person with an obsessive preoccupation with fire setting. These individuals often have developmental histories filled with sexual and physical abuse. Common among serial arsonists is the proclivity to be loners, have few peers, and absolutely fascinated by fire and fire setting. Serial arsonists are highly ritualistic and tend to exhibit patterned behaviors as to their methodologies for setting fires.

Preoccupied by fire setting, Arsonists often fantasize & fixate upon how to plan their fire setting episodes. Once their target is set ablaze, some arsonists experience sexual arousal and proceed with masturbation while watching. Despite their pathological and ritualistic patterns, the serial arsonist feels pride in his actions.

Thanatophilia, Necrophilia, and Necrologies all define the same type of disordered person.  These are people, and they do exist, who have a sexual attraction to corpses. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illnesses by the American Psychiatric Association classifies necrophilia as a paraphilia. A paraphilia is a biomedical term used to describe a person's sexual arousal and preoccupation with objects, situations or individuals that are not part of normative stimulation and may cause distress or serious problems for the person. Hence, a Necrophiles paraphilia is sexual arousal by an object, a deceased person.

Experts who have compiled profiles of Necrophiles indicate they have tremendous difficulty experiencing a capacity for being intimate with others. For these people, sexual intimacy with the dead feels safe and more secure rather than sexual intimacy with a living human. Necrophiles have divulged in interviews feeling a great sense of control when in the company of a corpse. A sense of connection becomes secondary to the primary need for perceived control.

The iPredator is a child, adult or group who engages in psychological and/or physical victimization, theft or disparagement of others. They are motivated by; peer acceptance, malice, spite and criminal or deviant intent using digital technology, telecommunications or mobile devices. iPredators are driven by deviant sexual fantasies, aggressive desires for power and control, retribution, religious fanaticism, political reprisal, psychiatric illness, psychological distortions and personal or monetary gain. iPredators can be any age, either sex and are neither bound by socio-economic status nor racial/national heritage.

Within the next century, iPredators and their acts of theft, violence and abuse will become a global phenomenon and societal epidemic if not squashed. Segments of iPredators include cyber stalkers, cyberbullies, cyber terrorists, cyber criminals, online sexual predators and political/religious fanatics engaged in cyber warfare. Just as Dark Psychology views all criminal/deviant behavior on a continuum of severity and purposive intent, the theory of iPredator follows the same framework, but involves abuse, assault and victimization online in cyberspace.

A serial killer is a true human predator typically defined as someone who murders three or more people over a period of 30 days or greater. Interviews with most serial killers have revealed they experience a “cooling off” period between each murder. The serial killer's cooling off period is a perceptual refractory period whereby they are temporarily satiated with their need to cause pain to others. Criminal psychology experts have hypothesized their motivation for killing is the pursuit for an experience of psychological gratification only achieved via brutality. After they murder, these individuals feel a sense of release combined with egotistical power. The experience for them brings such gratification that they become wanton of feeling the experience of release and gratification once again.

Sexual assault, rape, humiliation and torture are often involved during the course of their murders. Experts at the Federal Bureau of Investigations have outlined other motivations in addition to anger, rage, attention seeking, thrill seeking, and monetary gain. Often, serial killers exhibit similar patterns in their choice of victims, how they murder their targets, and methods for disposal of the body. Criminal experts trained in behavioral analysis concur serial killers have a history of significant emotional, behavioral and social pathology. Although not absolute, serial killers tend to be loners who experience difficulty engaging in functional relationships.

Provided above are four examples of offenders and offender groups who commit abusive and/or violent bizarre acts sharing the common bond of having deep psychological deficits with distorted worldviews. These serious psychiatric and/or personality constructs, which may metastasize throughout their being, defies reason. What is it about these human predators, how do they function and socialize in their day-to-day lives? These brief profiles speak volumes about the dark nature of the human condition. In addition to all sharing mild to severe psychopathology, they all are perceptual loners with deep-seated forces governing their decision-making capacities.

Dark Psychology is the study of the human condition as it relates to the psychological nature of people to prey upon other people motivated by criminal and/or deviant drives that lack purpose and general assumptions of instinctual drives and social sciences theory. All of humanity has this potential to victimize other humans and living creatures. Dark Psychology seeks to understand those thoughts, feelings, perceptions and subjective processing systems that lead to predatory behavior that is antithetical to contemporary understandings of human behavior.

Dark Psychology posits that all humanity has a reservoir of malevolent intent towards others ranging from minimally obtrusive and fleeting thoughts to pure psychopathic deviant behaviors without any cohesive rationality. Dark Psychology encompasses all that makes us who we are in relationship to our dark side. All cultures, all faiths and all humanity have this proverbial cancer.

From the moment we are born to the time of death, there is a side lurking within us all that some have called evil and others have defined as criminal, deviant, and pathological. Dark Psychology introduces a third philosophical construct that views these behaviors different from religious dogmas and contemporary social sciences theories. As Alfred Adler stated, "It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring."

Robert O’Block is founder of the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI). ACFEI is the largest professional forensic education organization in the world and honored to have as its advisory board members many of the top forensic experts of the 21st century. As all humanity now thrives in the Information Age, Dr. O’Block & ACFEI continues to investigate development of forensic educational services that incorporate Information and Communications Technology.

Dr. Michael Nuccitelli is a NYS licensed psychologist and certified forensic consultant. He is also an ACFEI member and working with Dr. O’Block to introduce to his members the realm of iPredator. In addition to his iPredator construct, Dr. Nuccitelli is also the author of a new theoretical construct defining human criminal & deviant behavior he has termed, Dark Psychology. As part of Dr. O’Block’s mission to present his members and forensic & criminal themed information, Dr. Nuccitelli’s construct will be introduced here in a series of blog entries. 

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Robert O’Block – Six Typologies of iPredator

Robert O'Block founder of the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI), has committed himself and his organization’s resources to disseminating ACFEI member, Dr. Michael Nuccitelli’s, new technological predator construct termed, iPredator. Robert O'Block | Six Typologies of iPredator

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Cyber Bullying, Cyber Harassment, Cyber Stalking, Cyber Crime, Online Sexual Predation & Cyber Terrorism

As the largest forensic sciences professional organization in the world, Robert O'Block and ACFEI have begun introducing information relevant to Information Age forensic science. He hopes his endeavors will one day initiate a national awareness campaign to what he terms, Cyber Justice. Robert O'Block is passionate about helping stop the widespread growth of cyber victimization of children, adults and all ICT users. The definition of iPredator and the six typologies are as follows:        

iPredator: A child, adult or group who, directly or indirectly, engages in exploitation, victimization, stalking, theft or disparagement of others using Information and Communications Technology (ICT.) iPredators are driven by deviant fantasies, desires for power and control, retribution, religious fanaticism, political reprisal, psychiatric illness, perceptual distortions, peer acceptance or personal and financial gain. iPredators can be any age, either gender and not bound by economic status, race or national heritage. iPredator is a global term used to distinguish anyone who engages in criminal, deviant or abusive behaviors using Information and Communications Technology (ICT.) Whether the offender is a cyberbullycyberstalkercyber harassercyber criminalonline sexual predatorinternet troll or cyber terrorist, they fall within the scope of iPredator. The three criteria used to define an iPredator include:

I. A self-awareness of causing harm to others, directly or indirectly, using ICT. II. The intermittent to frequent usage of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to obtain, exchange and deliver harmful information. III. A general understanding of Cyberstealth used to engage in criminal or deviant activities or to profile, identify, locate, stalk and engage a target.                                                                                                      

Unlike human predators prior to the Information Age, iPredators rely on the multitude of benefits offered by Information and Communications Technology (ICT.) These assistances include exchange of information over long distances, rapidity of information exchanged and the seemingly infinite access to data available. Malevolent in intent, iPredators rely on their capacity to deceive others using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in an abstract electronic universe.

Although it is assumed all humanity, has residing deep in their psyche, the potential & Dark Psychology for behaving in harmful and malevolent ways they rarely or never activate, ICT and cyberspace offers a direct connection and psychological route to the dark side. Just as ICT and cyberspace is incredibly pro-social and beneficial to humanity, these same technological advancements can lead humanity to diabolical and sinister endeavors.

The typologies & behavioral patterns of iPredator include: Cyber Bullying, Cyber Harassment, Cyber StalkingCyber CrimeOnline Sexual Predation, Internet Defamation, Cyber Deviance, Cyber Deception and Cyber Terrorism. Within this construct, Cyber Harassment is the adult form of Cyber Bullying and used when the perpetrator is an adult.

Vital to understanding the theoretical core of iPredator is the staunch belief that iPredators are variants of classical criminals, deviants and nefarious entities. ICT and the Information Age have created a new dimension leading to an entirely new population of humanity engaged in malevolent, harmful and deceptive practices. ICT and cyberspace are not tools used by the sociopath, deviant, narcissist or classic criminal, but part of a new generation that will be permanent fixtures to humanity for centuries to follow.   

The term, iPredator, is a global construct designed to include any child, adult, business entity or organized group who uses ICT to harm, abuse, steal from, assault or defame other ICT users. Also included in this construct are people who use ICT to benefit from the victimization and harm of others, but are not the principal perpetrators. Prime examples of this iPredator subset are criminals who engage in the sale and profit of child pornography using ICT. As ICT advances and humanity becomes more dependent upon information technology, it is inevitable the typologies of iPredator will expand as well. The 2012 formal definition of iPredator is as follows:

Cyber Stalking: Cyber stalking is defined as the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to stalk, control, manipulate or habitually threaten a child, adult, business or group. Cyber stalking is both a tactic used by an ICT assailant and typology of pathological ICT user. Cyber stalking tactics include false accusations, threats of harm, habitual monitoring, surveillance, implied threats, identity theft, damage to property and gathering information to manipulate and control their target. To meet the criteria of cyber stalking, the information and tactics used must involve a credible or implied physical and psychological threat to the target. An example of physical threat involves bodily harm to the target or their loved ones using ICT. Examples of psychological threats involve using disparagement, humiliation, dis-information dissemination and environmental damage to the target's reputation, credibility or financial status if the target does not acquiesce to the cyber stalker's demands.

Cyber Harassment: Cyber harassment is defined as the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to harass, control, manipulate or habitually disparage a child, adult, business or group without a credible or implied threat of harm. Cyber harassment is a tactic used by an ICT assailant that may or may not be rooted in an attempt to control, dominate or manipulate their target. Although cyber harassment pertains to unrelenting taunting and disparaging information directed at a child, adult, public figure, group or business using ICT, the motivations of the assailant may be rooted in their own pathological drives and motivations devoid of the need to control, dominate or manipulate their target.

Cyber Bullying: Like classic bullying, cyber bullying is harmful, repeated and hostile behavior intended to taunt, deprecate & defame a targeted child. Cyber bullying describes threatening or disparaging information against a target child delivered through Information and Communications Technology (ICT.) Unlike classic bullying, cyber bullying includes a phenomenon called Cyber Bullying by proxy. Cyber bullying by proxy occurs when a cyber bully encourages or persuades others to engage in deprecating and harassing a target child. Cyber bullying by proxy is a dangerous form of cyber bullying because adults may become the accomplices to the cyber bully involved in the harassment and do not know they are dealing with a child or someone they may know. A cyber bully is usually driven by a need for peer acceptance, but may engage in these maladaptive behaviors out of ignorance of the distress they cause a target child, or the most malevolent form, feels minimal remorse for the harm they are inflicting upon the target child.   

Cybercrime: Cybercrime is defined as crimes and criminal activity committed on the Internet using Information and Communications Technology as the tools to target victims. All forms of cybercrime involve both Information and Communications Technology and a targeted victim(s). Cybercrime is segmented into two distinct categories involving the focus of the cyber criminal activities. These activities are focalized on the technology of Information and Communications Technology to achieve the cyber criminal’s aims for personal and financial gain or targeted at the person using the Information and Communications Technology. When the individual is the main target of cybercrime, Information and Communications Technology is the tool rather than the target. These are the crimes, which have existed for centuries in offline societies. Scams, theft and fraud have existed long before the development of information technology. Cyber criminals utilize technological tools that increase their potential pool of victims and make them difficult to identify and apprehend. Cybercrime targets people, property or governments using Information and Communications Technology.

Cyber Terrorism: Cyber Terrorism is defined as the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) by iPredators, organized groups and/or terrorist groups to advance their agenda motivated by religious, political and/or philosophical ideologies. Examples of cyber terrorism include 1. The use of ICT to organize and execute attacks against networks, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructures. 2. The exchanging of information or making threats electronically. 3. The act of hacking into computer systems. 4. Introducing viruses and malware to vulnerable networks. 5. Defacement of websites and blogs. 6. Denial-of-service attacks 7. Terroristic threats made via electronic communication.

When strategic cyber attacks are motivated for financial gain, these attacks are defined as cybercrime. Cyber terrorism is any premeditated, politically, religious or philosophically motivated attack against information, computer systems, computer programs and data, which results in violence against non-combatant targets by sub-national groups or clandestine agents. A cyber terrorist attack is designed to cause physical violence or extreme financial harm to the targeted victims or community. According to the U.S. Commission of Critical Infrastructure Protection, cyber terrorist targets include the banking industry, military installations, power plants, air traffic control centers and water systems. The F.B.I. define cyber terrorism as "The premeditated, politically motivated attack against information, computer systems, computer programs and data which result in violence against noncombatant targets by sub-national groups or clandestine agents."   

Online Sexual Predation: The typology of iPredator that is categorized in Online Sexual Predators has a variety of different terms used to describe the same patterns and motivations for their abuse. Online Sexual Predators are defined as adult online users who seek to exploit vulnerable children or adolescents for sexual or other abusive purposes. Online Sexual Predators are sexual predators who use Information and Communications Technology and the Internet to locate, target and victimize minors. Common forums used by Online Sexual Predators to target children include chat rooms, instant messaging or social networking sites for the purpose of flirting with and meeting others for illicit sexual experiences. Online Sexual Predators often are motivated to manipulate or "groom" a minor with the ultimate goal of meeting and engaging in sexual activity, despite knowing they are engaging in illegal activities. In instances where meeting their victims to engage in sexual activities is not the primary objective, Online Sexual Predators also attempt to persuade children and adolescents to participate in some form of online sexual and/or sexually provocative activity motivated by sexual deviance and/or for financial gain engaging in the distribution and sale of child pornography.

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Robert O’Block is founder of the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI). ACFEI is the largest professional forensic education organization in the world and honored to have as its advisory board members many of the top forensic experts of the 21st century. As all humanity now thrives in the Information Age, Dr. O’Block & ACFEI continues to investigate development of forensic educational services that incorporate Information and Communications Technology. Plans have been made to one day offer the forensic field educational services focused on Cyber Justice, iPredator, Cyber Criminal/Forensic Psychology and Digital Forensics.    

Feel free to visit their website at www.acfei.com. If interested in contacting Dr. O’Block or ACFEI, their phone number is (800) 423-9737.

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Robert O’Block | Hard Work Leads to Success

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Robert O'Block has been working hard since he was a child. At the age of thirteen, while other boys were spending their time playing, O'Block was working at a driving range, where he retrieved golf balls. While other boys did sports, Dr. Robert O'Block was busing restaurant tables. Other children joined clubs; Dr. O'Block worked with nursery stock. He even financed his own Catholic school education by cleaning department store floors.

Dr. O'Block even worked late-nights as a law enforcement dispatcher to pay for his advanced studies in criminology. During his time in the force, he overcame another kind of challenge – an officer and good friend of his was killed while reprimanding a mentally unstable crime suspect. The incident was incredibly traumatic for everyone involved, and Dr. O'Block survived it by putting his energy into supporting local charities. As a way to pay respect to his lost friend, he helped found the Greene County 100 Club in Springfield, Missouri.

Robert O'Block accelerated all of his studies and officially became Doctor O'Block after earning his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, EdS and PhD in only six and a half years, all the while continuing to work full-time as a law enforcement officer. At the young age of twenty-five, O'Block managed to take on the responsibility of assistant professorship at a university and even wrote a textbook about criminal justice. For two years, he tackled the challenging and critical job of educating students.

On top of his teaching responsibilities, O'Block even had to face a sociopolitical battle: he discovered that he was being discriminated against within the school system, and that his teaching evaluations had been altered. While others may have accepted the course of events and not stood up against the system, Dr. O'Block took a stand. He brought the issues to the university’s attention, even though this put his professional reputation, career, and everything else that he had worked for on the line. His commitment to justice caused him to have to overcome another major hurdle as those threatened by the truth of his accusations retaliated by making false allegations against him. He was wrongly accused of plagiarism when in reality, he had only been working to help English as a Second Language students improve their academic work. Meanwhile, his father’s health deteriorated, and Dr. O'Block watched him suffer through diabetes, amputations, and finally, die of cancer.

None of these obstacles, however, were enough to slow Dr. O'Block down. He had triumphed over a modest upbringing, worked hard to put himself through school – earning multiple degrees by a young age – and had made it through the death of a close friend, attacks to his professional and academic career, and even the failing health of his father. None of these struggles had defeated his spirit. In fact, when he recognized a strong need for a particular kind of scientific organization to exist, he set about creating one from scratch. And that – using money from his own personal savings and a spare bedroom – is how Dr. O'Block took his first step to forming what would eventually blossom into the American College of Forensic Examiners International. This is the largest and fastest-growing forensic association in the world today.

Robert O’Block is founder of the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI). ACFEI is the largest professional forensic education organization in the world and honored to have as its advisory board members many of the top forensic experts of the 21st century. As all humanity now thrives in the Information Age, Dr. O’Block & ACFEI continues to investigate development of forensic educational services that incorporate Information and Communications Technology. Plans have been made to one day offer the forensic field educational services focused on Cyber Justice, iPredator, Cyber Criminal/Forensic Psychology and Digital Forensics.       

Feel free to visit their website at www.acfei.com. If interested in contacting Dr. O’Block or ACFEI, their phone number is (800) 423-9737.

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Robert O’Block | The American Association of Integrative Medicine

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Many people are unaware of the benefits of integrating traditional or Western medicine with Eastern medicine, to their own detriment. Integrating the different types of medicine can increase one’s chances of recovering from an illness or injury. Fortunately, Dr. Robert O’Block is not one of these people. In 2000, Dr. O’Block founded The American Association of Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Robert O’Block’s goal in starting this organization is supporting and spreading the idea of integrating traditional medical practices with alternative Eastern medicine. Dr. Robert O’Block firmly believes that using the two together increases a patient’s well-being.

To fulfill these goals, the American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM) helps both consumers (patients) and health care providers. For consumers, AAIM provides education about the benefits of integrative medicine. It also provides a list of trusted health care providers, something all patients should be concerned about. For health care providers, AAIM provides high standards for members to strive to, and gives a place for supporters of integrative medicine to gather and support one another.

Dr. Robert O’Block and the American Association of Integrative Medicine are also doing all they can to support Integrative Medicine as a field. They are working to scientifically prove as well as preserve indigenous medical practices. Once these methods are proven, perhaps more people will benefit from them. They also support the development of new therapeutic methods for various mind/body conditions.

Dr. Robert O’Block is, as always, pushing further to expand the field. His work with the American Association of Integrative Medicine is helping preserve the field and improve patients’ long-term outlooks.

Robert O’Block is founder of the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI). ACFEI is the largest professional forensic education organization in the world and honored to have as its advisory board members many of the top forensic experts of the 21st century. As all humanity now thrives in the Information Age, Dr. O’Block & ACFEI continues to investigate development of forensic educational services that incorporate Information and Communications Technology. Plans have been made to one day offer the forensic field educational services focused on Cyber Justice, iPredator, Cyber Criminal/Forensic Psychology and Digital Forensics.       

Feel free to visit their website at www.acfei.com. If interested in contacting Dr. O’Block or ACFEI, their phone number is (800) 423-9737.

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Robert O’Block | The Forensic Examiner

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The Forensic Examiner, the world’s foremost forensic science journal, has come from humble yet auspicious beginnings, and has served to create something much larger than itself.

In 1992, Dr. Robert O’Block, a professor and department head in the Department of Administration of Justice at College of the Ozarks, decided to begin a forensic science association with a sincere focus on advancing forensic science after being shut out of similar organizations. Though this later changed, the focus was initially on handwriting analysis. The organization was first known as the American Board of Forensic Handwriting Analysts, and was run out of Dr. O’Block’s spare bedroom.

As the organization grew, Dr. O’Block faced a need to communicate widely with the organizations members. Most members had been frustrated with the limitations created by other associations in the profession; they were hungry for more information and the chance to advance their field. Offering a newsletter to share the information he knew seemed to be a good solution. He created the first newsletter (which, at the time, was unnamed). It was released in August of 1992, and was merely two typed pages informing members of the happenings within the organization. By the second newsletter, it had a name: Handwriting Examiner.

Within a year, the newsletter was announcing and promoting the first national conference of the association. After the conference’s unmitigated success, Dr. O’Block gave his newsletter a new name: the American Board’s Forensic Examiner. This was an intelligent move, as it opened up the organization to all within forensic science rather than just handwriting analysts.

Soon after this, Dr. O’Block left his teaching position at College of the Ozarks to work for the association full time. At the same time, The Forensic Examiner, was gaining more and more success. The organization began offering certifications, a fact advertised in The Forensic Examiner. This spurned the organizations success even further, and with this success more changes were to come. The association’s name changed to the American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFEI).

In the year after this, The Forensic Examiner, made the major changes into the professional journal we see today. It had already grown form the two-page newsletter Dr. Block wrote in 1992 into nearly a full magazine. In 1994, the newsletter took on a more professional appearance and articles were being peer-reviewed before being published. Some of these articles were full-length journal articles. Over the next year, the journal had again jumped up to 34 pages in length.

This kind of success in a journal less than 3 years old was unprecedented. Today, this journal is the world’s foremost academic journal on forensic science. The success of The Forensic Examiner brought on the success of ACFEI and Dr. O’Block by allowing those hungry for more information and the expansion of forensic science to share their knowledge with others.

Robert O’Block is founder of the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI). ACFEI is the largest professional forensic education organization in the world and honored to have as its advisory board members many of the top forensic experts of the 21st century. As all humanity now thrives in the Information Age, Dr. O’Block & ACFEI continues to investigate development of forensic educational services that incorporate Information and Communications Technology. Plans have been made to one day offer the forensic field educational services focused on Cyber Justice, iPredator, Cyber Criminal/Forensic Psychology and Digital Forensics.

Feel free to visit their website at www.acfei.com. If interested in contacting Dr. O’Block or ACFEI, their phone number is (800) 423-9737.

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Robert O’Block | Formation of Business Owners Supporting Sheriffs

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Law enforcement has been a lifelong passion for Robert O’Block, as he began his duties as an officer at the young age of 19, and continues to support numerous sheriff departments throughout the nation today. Dr. O’Block’s service started as simply a way to aid in financing his college education, but has far exceeded such means. In the small town of Frontenac, Kansas, Dr. O’Block took his first job as a police officer, working the graveyard shift and earning his criminology degree during the day. While this depressed mining town was not the most intense locations as far as law enforcement is concerned, it is where Dr. O’Block first realized the financial struggles that small-town departments have to overcome. Also, he came to discover the importance that these under-funded departments have in American society.

A vast majority of these departments have fewer than 10 officers, most of whom have been part of the community in which they serve for their entire lives. His experience in Kansas opened his eyes to discover that these close ties between law enforcement and the community help to prevent crime. Unfortunately, many of these departments are being downsized or have an extreme lack of resources compared to departments in urban areas. This is a problem that Dr. O’Block has recently set out to solve.

While Dr. O’Block has immensely contributed to forensics and law enforcement throughout his career and development of ACFEI, his recent endeavor, Business Owners Supporting Sheriffs (B.O.S.S.) got its kick-start in 2008. It was during this year that he was invited to attend the FBI’s Citizens’ Academy in Quantico, Virginia. This academy is designed to build trust and understanding about law enforcement, instill civic responsibility among community leaders, and ultimately create safer communities. For 10 weeks, Dr. O’Block made constant commutes between Springfield, MO and Quantico, and successfully completed the training, obtaining certification in 2008. But Dr. O’Block was only in the beginning stages of what he was to accomplish in regards to constructing secure communities.

Shortly after graduating from the FBI’s Citizens’ Academy, he was invited to join InfraGard, a large national alliance between the FBI and private sectors whose goal is to protect critical infrastructures. Part of the responsibilities of InfaGard is to share information that could assist in exposing criminals and terrorists. As if all this wasn’t enough to fulfill his duties to the community, Dr. O’Block would soon seek further measures to help protect his community and country.

November 22, 2010 marks the date of Dr. O’Block’s graduation from the 700 Hour Basic Law Enforcement Training Course conducted by the Missouri Sheriff’s Association. It was throughout this training course in which Dr. O’Block was reminded of the struggles small-town departments face due to budget cuts. Having experienced similar frustrations when working as a police officer in Frontenac, he decided that someone needed to solve the problem. Who better to tackle the task than heavily trained and deeply involved, Dr. Robert O’Block? He decided to create B.O.S.S, a national organization that encourages business owners and civic leaders nationwide to help support their local sheriff’s department.

Each local independent chapter of B.O.S.S is committed to ensure that their local department has the essential equipment and training to provide appropriate emergency response for the community. Dr. O’Block also manages a Web site, www.BOSSheriffs.org, which assists communities in starting a local chapter of their own. From his beginnings in law enforcement as a young man, to his most recent B.O.S.S project, Dr. O’Block has more than proven his dedication to creating safe communities. His willingness to complete any and all of the necessary steps to succeed in this goal has made an incredible difference for numerous departments and communities across the country.

Robert O’Block is founder of the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI). ACFEI is the largest professional forensic education organization in the world and honored to have as its advisory board members many of the top forensic experts of the 21st century. As all humanity now thrives in the Information Age, Dr. O’Block & ACFEI continues to investigate development of forensic educational services that incorporate Information and Communications Technology. Plans have been made to one day offer the forensic field educational services focused on Cyber Justice, iPredator, Cyber Criminal/Forensic Psychology and Digital Forensics.       

Feel free to visit their website at www.acfei.com. If interested in contacting Dr. O’Block or ACFEI, their phone number is (800) 423-9737.

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Robert O'Block is founder of the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI). ACFEI is the largest professional forensic education organization in the world and honored to have as its advisory board members many of the top forensic experts of the 21st century. As all humanity now thrives in the Information Age, Robert O'Block & ACFEI continues to investigate development of forensic educational services that incorporate Information and Communications Technology. Plans have been made to one day offer the forensic field educational services focused on Cyber Justice, iPredator, Cyber Criminal/Forensic Psychology and Digital Forensics.

Feel free to visit their website at www.acfei.com. If interested in contacting Robert O'Block or ACFEI, their phone number is (800) 423-9737.

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Many people may not know why I started the American College of Forensic Examiners International. The reason is my belief in justice. Justice for all and the safety of Americans. And now that we live in the Information Age, ACFEI will help educate Americans on the forensic sciences, justice and cyber justice.” Robert O'Block Ph.D., Psy.D., Founder, American College of Forensic Examiners International, (2012)   

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Robert O'Block is the founder of the world’s largest forensic science association, the American College of Forensic Examiners. Founding this organization and building it up into the empire it is today did not come easy to Robert O'Block. Like all who have become successes, Robert O’Block had to work for it. Robert O’Block had to work harder than others, however. He had many obstacles that others live without.

Robert O’Block comes from a long line of those who struggled to survive. His grandfather, William O’Block, came to America and, having no other prospects, accepted a position as a coal miner. This position required them to live away from other civilizations, relying completely on the mining company for housing and supplies. These supplies cost more than the wages coal miners made.  Robert O’Block’sfather, Louis, found work on the railroad. He was fired shortly before he was eligible to receive a retirement pension (a shameful yet common practice at the time).  Without a proper education, Louis had difficulty finding a good job. The family lived in a small shack.

The young Robert O’Block grew up in this poverty. Seeing the disparity between what his family had and the excesses of others, he determined that he would not remain in this poverty. The only difference he could see between what his father and grandfather had done and other, more successful men, was whether or not they had an education. Robert O’Block was determined to get one for himself.

Young Robert O’Block began working at the age of 13 to put himself through Catholic high school. Beyond providing for his education, this instilled Robert O’Block with a good work ethic and an understanding of the value of a dollar. After graduation, he enrolled in the Kansas State College of Pittsburg. To provide for his education, he worked full time at night as a dispatcher for the security office at Kansas State College. Throughout his education he would work full time as well.

Within three-and-a-half years, Robert O’Block received his bachelor’s degree. Shortly thereafter, he earned a master’s degree and an EdS. Two years later, he received his PhD, at only 24 years of age. His sheer determination that helped him succeed in his education continued into his career, and it was only a matter of time before Robert O’Block would become the founder of ACFEI. Robert O’Block is a great example of what hard work and determination can bring.